Food and Drink
Posted by Jen Curcio
02. May, 2011
Once upon a time, Mileto’s was well known as a gourmet deli and butchers with a home-style café out the back.
Most recently it has re-emerged, and the Windsor end of Chapel Street seems to be buzzing more than ever.
Run and owned by the same Italian family – the Mileto’s – the renovation incorporates the old elements of the café and deli, and has reformed them all together. It’s a vision of cosy and rustic set with wood, brick and tiles. The seating arrangements have an air of the bric-a-brac about them; while scattered shelves hold all the staples you would see in any good Italian kitchen – tinned tomatoes, spaghetti, produce and more; all deli delights that you can buy to try at home.
Coffee is central to an Italian family and so quite appropriately the coffee machine is at the centre of Mileto’s – the baristas’ work transparent and entertaining.
The best way to describe the food at Mileto’s is like funky country style café providore. A breakfast, lunch and take away menu that’s like damper to a gold-digger – hearty (not necessarily good for the heart) but wholesome, honest and filling. The difference here is that the offerings at Mileto are big on flavour (not like damper at all!)
On the waiter’s recommendation I confidently went with Pepe’s Breakfast Frittata – Spanish chorizo, sweet peppers, onions and parsley ($15). I must put my hand up and say that I am not a chorizo fan, but I wanted to go out of my comfort zone. I am still not a chorizo fan but the omelet was filling – the serving more than generous.
My sister went with their trusty Chicken Schnitzel Burger (a remnant from their former menu) – packed to the heavens with coleslaw, tomato, Swiss cheese and Thomy ™ mayo ($9).
Other popular dishes are the Atlantic breakfast with wood smoked salmon and eggs ($16); and the Shag Special – scrambled eggs, Mediterranean vegetables and pesto ($13) – designed and named after the team at eclectic fashion store Shag, next door.
Mileto’s is unpretentious. Don’t expect coffees with latte art, big white plates with minimal food or skinny diet options on the menu. Take it for what it is and you will eat happily ever after.
132 Chapel St, Windsor
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